2021 Business Person of
Leremie Shaffer (left), owner of Miknanís Main Street Pub
was recognized by the Fayette Rotary Club as this yearís Recipient of
the Fayette Rotary Business Leader of the Year. Jamie Page (right), chair of the
selection committee, presented the award to Shaffer during the clubís
meeting in the Central Methodist University Student Center. Leremie,
who was also guest speaker at the meeting, talked about the problems
associated with running a restaurant during a Pandemic and the
joys/difficulties of employing workers with special needs.
The Business Leader of the
Year recognition program began in 1984. The names of past recipients are
affixed on two permanent plaques which hang in the Commercial Trust
Community Room. Any business or professional person residing within the
bounds of the Fayette R-III school district is eligible to receive the
award. Rotary members vote annually each spring to make the selection.
According to Rotarian Christina Heilman, one of
the members who nominated Shaffer, ďLeremie is a natural teacher and
mentor, which makes him such an excellent employer now and a job coach
for [Endless Options] before. He isnít just a boss, he is a mentor and
a friend to his employees, making time to make the most of teachable
moments with his young staff.Ē Heilman, Chief Financial Officer for
Endless Options, Inc., noted that Leremie employs many EO clients,
making Miknanís one of the few community sites with inclusive
Shaffer came to work at
Endless Options, Inc. in February 2012. At that time he worked in the
early childhood program and residential program. He graduated from
Central Methodist University in May and was hired as Director of
Employment Services at Endless Options, Inc. in July of that same year.
He continued at EO until 2018 when he and his wife purchased Miknanís. Shaffer
and his family reside in Fayette.